Runnings’ Ladies Night Out Raises More Than $1,500 for Breast Cancer
November 25, 2015
HURON, SD – A local breast cancer awareness event has raised $1,520 to help support breast cancer awareness and detection.
This is the fifth year Huron’s Runnings Farm & Fleet has hosted a Ladies’ Night Out in October with breast cancer information, refreshments, door prizes and specials with the funds contributed to Huron Regional Medical Center Foundation’s breast cancer awareness fund.
“This has become a favorite event for not only for those who come to shop, but our staff as well,” said Shane Hood, store manager. “The continued support of our customers and the outlying communities has allowed us to grow and increase the amount of funds we raise for breast cancer awareness.”
The event was coordinated by Laura Snowden of Runnings. Members of the Huron Regional Medical Center mammography team, Donna Haigh, RT(R) (M), and Sue Hedlund, RT(R) (M) (CT), were on-hand to educate women about breast cancer prevention and detection. Shoppers could purchase a tote bag for $2, which allowed them to receive 15 percent off the items they could fit into the bag. HRMC received $1 from each bag purchased. Again this year, Runnings employees donated pink items purchased in the store to be raffled to customers. Throughout the month of October, Runnings customers could make a donation to post a pink ribbon sign in honor or memory of a loved one, adding to the total raised. Also new this year, Runnings donated a Pink Razor car, which was raffled during October. Tanya Blue was drawn as the winner.
“We’re also blessed to have great support from local partners like Coborns Superstore, Tulare Country Meats, 4 Paws Pet Care and Neu Styles who donated prizes for the event,” explained Hood. The donation has been placed in a special breast cancer fund in the HRMC Foundation to be used for local prevention and detection activities.
“I am thankful for this ongoing partnership with Runnings to help raise awareness of the importance of regular mammograms to detect breast cancer at its earliest stage,” said Haigh. “Due to the Affordable Care Act, insurance requirements have changed to include mammograms as a preventative benefit for women over age 40. The availability of insurance for individuals on the exchange should also help to increase the number of women covered by insurance – and hopefully increase the number of women having regular mammograms.” However, if area women are concerned about finances when scheduling a mammogram, they are invited to contact Haigh at 353-6246 for information about coverage and assistance options.
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